The facility, called Monju, was shut down in 1995 following a fire. The fast-breeder reactor was declared reactivated by Monju’s director general, Kazuo Mukai, after one of its control rods, which had been inserted to prevent an atomic reaction, was lifted. It is expected to reach operational levels by Saturday, and then to reach full output by the spring of 2013.
Japan relies on nuclear energy for about a third of its domestic power supply.
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